, Port Arthur, Texas

October 7, 2013

Talking Points: No. 4 Mustangs up next for Titans

Gabriel Pruett
The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR — Let us call this past week the first very interesting week of the high school season.

Nederland shut out Livingston 24-0 and, while Coach Larry Neumann was happy his team won, he was quick to point out there were several spots his team needed to work on moving forward.

Port Arthur Memorial put up 52 points in a win over Channelview, as the Titans offense had its best outing of the year. Memorial blew past Channelview with 565 yards.

Meanwhile at Port Neches-Groves, the Indians were shocked 31-14 BY Little Cypress-Mauriceville. The offense was sluggish and the Indians defense gave up 237 rushing yards.

No. 4 North Shore coming to town

There is no question this Friday night is the biggest home game of the season for the Titans with  No. 4 North Shore coming to Memorial Stadium.

North Shore has had two weeks to prepare for this game after having an open week this past Friday. The Mustangs last played on Sept. 27, a 59-0 win over Channelview.

Memorial defeated Channelview 52-14 this past Friday and the Titans offense came alive with 565 yards of offense.  The Titans will need much more of the same to stay with a North Shore team that averages over 42 a game.

Turnovers will also be a key and Memorial did a good job this past week in that category with only one lost fumble.

Mistakes must be corrected by Indians

It is hard to win a game when your offense turns the ball over five times. The Port Neches-Groves Indians found out the hard way against LC-M this past Friday.

Indians quarterback Ky Walker threw three interceptions and receiver Jeremiah Rose was held to six catches for 68 yards.

PN-G has to correct these turnovers in a hurry because the Beaumont Central Jaguars are coming to The Reservation this Friday. Rose must also be a bigger factor in the game against a speedy Jaguars team.

Central is 2-0 in the standings while the Indians are 1-1. A win Friday night would mean wonders to the playoff hopes of the Indians.

Bulldogs use defense to get past Lions

Nederland made sure the long trip to Livingston was a successful one with the Bulldogs first shutout of the season. It was also impressive to see Nederland’s defense hold Livingston to 85 yards of total offense.

The Lions could only muster up eight first downs and at least two of those came of Nederland penalties.

Now, it was obvious this is not the same Livingston team which has been a playoff contender the last several years in District 20-4A. The talent is there but youth is against the Lions.

Nederland’s next opponent is LC-M, with a share of first place on the line. The Bears have not defeated the Bulldogs since 1995. LC-M beat Nederland in 1994 and 1995. To put it in persective, few players on either team had been born the last time the Bears beat the Bulldogs